Prince George – Hopewell Military Wall of Honor

This Military Wall of Honor page recognizes those from Prince George and Hopewell that died while serving their country in military duty starting with the War of 1812, by preserving their picture, gravesite picture or memorial picture where available. This Wall, consisting of over 150 individuals, is based on names listed on the Prince George War Memorial Monument, the Hopewell War Memorial Monument and the Library of Virginia military death records, as well as other resources.

Hopewell Virginia War Memorial

Prince George Virginia War Memorial

Memorial Day

The organization “U.S. Memorial Day” provides the history and purpose of Memorial Day as follows: “Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.” Memorial Day observances, in various forms and on various dates, were practiced as far back as the American Civil War. The current official Memorial Day observance date was set in 1971 to be the last Monday in May. Furthermore, on May 3, 2000, the White House issued a memorandum stating “Memorial Day represents one day of national awareness and reverence, honoring those Americans who died while defending our Nation and its values.” For information about Memorial Day Observance at the Heritage Center, go to the Events page.

Gold Star Families

The U.S. Army official website states “The term Gold Star family is a modern reference that comes from the Service Flag. These flags/banners were first flown by families during World War I. The flag included a blue star for every immediate family member serving in the armed forces of the United States, during any period of war or hostilities in which the armed forces of the United States were engaged. If that loved one died, the blue star was replaced by a gold star. This allowed members of the community to know the price that the family had paid in the cause of freedom.” In the Preface of the “Gold Star Honor Roll of Virginians in the Second World War” states that those listed in the book includes those who died from any cause whatsoever while serving in the armed forces including certain civilian organizations auxiliary to the armed forces. Although Gold Star families are typically honored on Memorial Day and other days of the year, they are considered Gold Star every day of the year and as long as the family members remain. The purpose of the Prince George – Hopewell Military Wall of Honor is to honor the deceased and continue the practice of recognizing the Gold Star families.

Veterans Day

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs documents on their website that Veterans Day had its origins from World War I. It was originally called Armistice Day and observed on November 11 each year, in recognition of the World War I cease fire or armistice date, which occurred on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. In June 1954, November 11th officially became a day to honor American veterans of all wars, both living and deceased, and has since been known as Veterans Day. For information about Veterans Day Observance at the Heritage Center, go to the Events page.

Wall of Honor List

Below is the Military Wall of Honor list for Prince George and Hopewell, Virginia. Each name that appears in blue is a link to that individual's Wall with details about that person. Where available, a photograph of the individual is included, otherwise a photograph of their cemetery headstone or the missing in action memorial where they are honored is included. For some individuals, more detailed accounts of their life and service can be accessed by a clickable button at the bottom of their Wall.
NOTE: For those that we do not have a picture of the person or the picture quality is not good on their Wall, contact us at if you know where we can get a picture or better picture of any individual.

War of 1812

1. John Bailey


2. James Golder


3. Nicholas Hart


American Civil War

1. William H. Alley

26. John N. Lane

2. William P Birchett

27. Josiah G Leath

3. John T Bland

28. Henry B Marks

4. William A Bowles

29. Augustine Francis Newcomb

5. Lorenzo Brockwell

30. Winfield T. Newcomb

6. Thomas Brockwell

31. William R Norris

7. David C Butts

32. Thomas P Pettway

8. William H Chappell

33. Dames Retenbury

9. Nathaniel Colley Cocke

34. Henry A. Raines

10. John V Cockes

35. Timothy Rives

11. George R Conway

36. John Blair Royall

12. John G Crowder

37. Algeron M. Ruffin

13. William B Daniel

38. Benjamin F. Smith

14. Hubbard Dewell

39. R A Spires

15. Alexander G Dimetry

40. Leroy R Tatum

16. James T Ellette

41. William H. Temple

17. N. Emory

42. George Thweatt

18. Edwin T. Epps

43. Miles T. Tucker

19. Daniel E Figg

44. Robert Henry Watkins

20. Daniel A Hair

45. John Wilcox

21. Henry Hall

46. Edmund Daniel Wilkins

22. Benjamin Harrison

47. George A Wilkins

23. George W Harrison

48. James Williamson

24. John Wesley Harrison

49. Telemicus L. Wilkerson

25. William B Harrison

50. Robert D Wingfield

World War I

1. John J. Buyalos

7. Wade Miller

2. Timothy B. Cogle

8. Grover C. Pasley

3. Roy Ellis

9. Harvey F. Tatum

4. George R. Evans

10. Henry Thompson

5. William Henry

11. James W. Wooden

6. Charlie E. Lyon

12. Edwin F. Wrenn

World War II

1. Ray C. Ayers

40. Walter T. Kurnas

2. Robert B. Baird

41. Joseph L. LaRue

3. Albert C. Blackmon

42. Hilliard C. Leatherwood, Jr

4. Pierre Bontecou

43. James E. Lowder

5. Walter L. Brooks

44. David I. Maile

6. Michael H. Burchell

45. Vester E. Mathis

7. Leroy D. Burkett

46. Daniel J. McCormick

8. Thomas A. Burney

47. Joseph A. McCormick

9. John Garland Burton

48. Elmer L. McKesson

10. William F. Butterworth, Jr.

49. George A. Meyers

11. Frank L. Cole

50. Wilmer C. Neaves, Jr.

12. James B. Collier

51. Charles R. Noblin

13. John L. Corum

52. Harvey E. Nuckles

14. Henrie Descheemaeker

53. Joseph M. Parham

15. Peter R. Dennis

54. Robert J. Phelps

16. Jackson E. Doar

55. Paul E. Piskla

17. Paul P. Doulis

56. Raleigh C. Powell, Jr.

18. Eddie L. Edwards

57. James R. Puryear

19. William M. Edwards

58. Thomas E. Reid, Jr.

20. Ray E. Elrod

59. David S. Rickman

21. Arnold Wain England

60. Henderson Tinsley Riggan

22. Roland S. Epps, Sr.

61. Gratto M. Rosazza

23. Edward T. Fauntleroy

62. Edward L. Rott

24. Walter A. Gibbs

63. Milos G. Rott

25. Paul Golnik

64. Harry S. Rust

26. Robert Bruce Graham

65. Elmer H. Sheets

27. Calvin N. Harp, Jr.

66. Joseph F. Shornak

28. James A. Harper

67. Allen D. Spiers

29. Lynwood C. Harrell

68. James C. Steele, Jr.

30. Turner G. Harrell

69. Preston E. Temple

31. William H. Harvell

70. John H. Tomko

32. Miles R. Hicks

71. Edward A. Vargo

33. Henry G. Hopkins

72. William R. Vest

34. William M. Horak

73. Joseph F. Vlkojan

35. Edward R. Hubbard

74. Martin J. Volek

36. Arthur M. Hughs

75. Charles E. Watkins

37. Charles C. Johnson

76. Charles R. Wicker

38. Douglas D. Johnson

77. James F. Williamson

39. Willie Johnson



1. Andrew G. Book

6. John Dornan Meikle

2. Larry Kennedy

7. Willie L. Moore

3. Thomas W. King

8. William E. O’Berry

4. Felix S. Lee

9. Robert A. Reed

5. Joseph Matonis



1. John Wesley Blanding

6. Robert L. Lewis

2. David L. Chaney

7. Robert G. Mayes

3. Freddie Isiash Crockett

8. James L. McClain

4. William L. Draper

9. Christopher George Morbitzer

5. Nathaniel Irving

10. Terry P. Pierce

Global War on Terrorism

1. Michael M. Carey

3. Jesse A. Ozbat

2. Phillip A. Myers

4. Lawrence G. Sprader, Jr.

Additional Information

Four of those listed above are buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery, where their graves have been adopted by Dutch citizens. They are Leroy D. Burkett, Douglas D. Johnson, Hilliard C. Leatherwood, Jr. and Raleigh C. Powell, Jr. To read about the Netherland adoption program, click here.

Reference Websites:

7th Armored Division Document Repository

American Battle Monuments Commission

American D-Day


Clemson University Scroll of Honor

Fields of Honor Database

Find A Grave

Foundation for Adopting Graves at the American Cemetery in Margraten


The Hopewell News Archives (via Appomattox Regional Library System)

Korean War Project

Library of Virginia Military Dead database

Memorial Day

National Archives - Veteran's Service Records

National WWII Memorial

Soldiers of the Great War - Volume III

U.S. Army - Gold Star Survivors

VA Run For the Fallen

Virginia War Memorial Foundation

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Wall of Faces

Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia

Other Resources:

Family Personal Records

Benedictine High School

Ann K. and Preston H. Leake Local History and Genealogy Room, Appomattox Regional Library System, Headquarters Building, Hopewell, Virginia

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